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  • Sep 20 2013: Danger is subjective to how an idea is used. For example, water is a life giving substance, and in many cases is a symbol of life (walking through the desert and coming across a oasis containing a waterfall). However, drowning is very scary thought and every year takes the lives of a number of people (drowning in a flood). Dangerous is defined as "able or likely to cause harm or injury". All things all dangerous in a sense; a surgeons knife used in open heart surgery to save a patient can be used to murder someone, or life-saving antibiotic can be overdosed on.

    So, to answer your question, as a person who likes to logically see both sides of an argument, I believe great ideas are always dangerous but at the same time a always helpful. Great ideas live in a constant state of being spliced down the middle. Take democracy for example; although a revolutionary idea (by the standard of human history) it opens up an area to a whole range of problems. Take the United States for example: how can the country continue to pay for education for all its public schools, health care, welfare, decaying infrastructure and public transportation without rising more and more into debt and not raising taxes? Now don't misconstrue that last statement: Would I gladly take those problems over a dictatorship or totalitarian government every time? YES. Ideas inspire action, but for one idea there may be a thousand resulting actions.

    As with almost any deep philosophical question that's poised to one man or another, the answer usually revolves somewhere in the vicinity of "It depends". "Right" and "Wrong" are hazardous words to use because they imply absolute and total certainty. Something you might think is certain can be suddenly disproved. For example, until the scientist Barry Marshall (look him up) came along, the entire world was convinced stress caused ulcers, when in reality is was the bacterium Helicobacter pylori.

    Any questions?

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